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Prayut election billboard draws criticism

This billboard in Bang Phae district of Ratchaburi province appears to break the regime's law banning all election advertising. (FB/arthit.ourairat.9)

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A giant billboard next to the main highway in Ratchaburi province is the target of complaints that supporters of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha are breaking the laws on election campaigning.

Activist Veera Somkwamkid said he will take proof of the billboard to the Election Commission and file a formal complaint on Thursday.

In a savage post on his Facebook site, Mr Veera directly linked the billboard to Gen Prayut's professed "zero tolerance" for corruption.

He called the billboard "campaigning without fear".

The billboard openly supports Gen Prayut to stay on as prime minister following elections which could take place next year.

Ironically, the sign praises Prime Minister Prayut as "scrupulously honest".

The billboard was first spotted by Rangsit University president Arthit Ourairat, an ex-politician. He posted the photo above to his Facebook account on Wednesday.

Chaturon Chaisang, a leading opposition politician and core member of the Thai Raksa Chart Party, said the billboard was an obvious violation of the election laws.

In a post on his Facebook page, he called for an anti-corruption investigation.

The origin of the billboard was unclear. It appears to be an obvious violation of the order by Gen Prayut's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that forbids all electioneering.

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